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About Browse Topics

Browse Topics is maintained by volunteer librarians. Part of the responsibilities of our volunteers is the periodic review of each person's listings. These are scheduled on a quarterly basis, but can be maintained at any time at the discretion of the volunteer. In addition, the public assists in keeping the site up-to-date by reporting dead links.

Don't know where to start? Try our main menu listings:

  • New: View the most recent additions.
  • Featured: These sites have been selected by library professionals based on current events and site upgrades.
  • Most Popular: This listing is based off traffic click-through patterns. What sites are people visiting the most through this service?

  • Get Assistance
  • Types of Sites
  • Updates & Reviews
  • Contribute
  • Moderation
  • Cost
  • Dead Links
  • Featured Sites

How do I get additional assistance with locating U.S. Government information?

Use the Government Information Online (GIO) service to ask questions and get answers from librarians who are experts in finding information from Federal agencies. Questions can be on almost any topic from aardvarks to zygomycosis.

 

What types of sites are included here?

Browse Topics links to Federal Web sites, unless directed by the agency that owns the site. Acceptable Federal Government-owned or Government-sponsored Web site domains include .gov, .mil and .fed.us. Browse Topics also links to: quasi-Government agencies and Web sites created by public sector/private sector partnerships; state and local government sites; and some Government-sponsored Web sites that end in .com, .org, or .net (e.g. www.usps.com).

This site does not provide links to any site that does not meet the above criteria.

How can I be sure the information I find on Browse Topics is current?

Browse Topics is maintained by volunteer librarians. Part of the responsibilities of our volunteers is the periodic review of each person's listings. These are scheduled on a quarterly basis, but can be maintained at any time at the discretion of the volunteer. In addition, the public assists in keeping the site up-to-date by reporting dead links.

How do I become a contributor?

We are constantly welcoming new contributors to this service. Volunteers must be members of a Federal depository library and must complete the "Apply to Become a Contributor" form to become a contributor.

 

Is Browse Topics a moderated service?

This service is moderated by volunteer Federal depository librarian professionals throughout the United States. Working with the U.S. Government Printing office and its partner Oklahoma State University, these volunteers scour the Web to provide comprehensive listings of Federal Web sites and services.

 

Are there any hidden costs to users?

Browse Topics is a public service project that is offered on a no-fee basis as part of a joint project between the U.S. Government Printing office and Oklahoma State University as part of the Federal Depository Library Program.

Access to sites linked from this service is generally provided free of charge. Some exceptions may apply.

How do I report a dead link?

At the bottom of each listing you will find the following buttons:

Recommend | Print | Report

 

How are the featured sites selected?

Every month a different topic or event is highlighted in the featured sites section. When a topic or event is selected, several sites that have resources on the topics will be listed on the feature site list.

Volunteer librarians and the public may recommend topics or events to feature. However, the final decision to feature a topic or event is made by the Edmon Low Library at Oklahoma State University, which maintains Browse Topics in partnership with the U.S. Government Printing Office.